How to Care for Your New Scarlet Red Lobster
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Scarlet Red Lobster Factoids

Origin

Northeast Mexico and southern USA

Maximum Size

Four or five inches plus claws -- really long claws

Longevity

Five years

Housing

Likes space but will hide under a log

Security

Hides during day. More active at night.

Temperature

Room temp fine.  Breeds faster when warmer.

Breeding Lays eggs in the fall

Attitude

Argumentative but shy burrower

Foods

Devours plants.  Flake and pellet foods fine.

Water

Likes clean, hard water

Tough Tolerates dry periods and salt in the water
Threats Herons, bullfrogs, turtles, big fish, Cajuns, each other

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Losing an arm is not only careless for a red lobster but can be deadly.

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Guy on the bottom not likely to survive.

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Red lobsters are as easy to pick up as our Iowa crayfish -- just larger.

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Quite an attractive decapod.

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Prefers to inhabit caves and crevices.

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Red lobsters prefer to burrow to make their own caves.
 

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Formidable pincers.

 

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Many crayfish prefer vegetation.  red lobsters want meat.

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And they have the pincers to capture fish.

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Do not try this at home unless you know how.

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Even more so here.

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When he grabs you, you may flinch like crazy and flip your red lobster.

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tScarlet red lobsters come in many shades of red.

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Some are nearly black.

 

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Male.

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Red lobsters making more red lobsters.

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Red lobster in berry in September.  Good grip on that net. Better than fingers.

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Red lobster in berry in mid-October.  Now we're talking.  Lotsa eggs.

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Scarlet red lobster in berry in July.

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Beau coup eggs held by her swimmerettes.

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Same eggs ready to pop July 27

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Our local crayfish use the same process.

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Our local crayfish are much harder to distract.

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That's enough.

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Freshly molted scarlet red lobster.  He looks almost black.

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Not so tough until his shell re-hardens.

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He will eventually eat his discarded shell (to the right) and recycle its calcium.

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Here's another shell that didn't get re-cycled.

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Probable female scarlet lobster -- smaller claws.

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Probable male scarlet red lobster -- larger claws.

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Snacking on a deceased fantail -- a much preferred food by red lobsters everywhere..

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Best kept alone because they argue/battle incessantly.  This is not the lobster quadrille.

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Taking the high ground seems to help snag food.

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Taking a quick break.  Big claws provide a big advantage.

 

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Losing a claw is usually fatal to the loser.

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Mine.

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Mine.

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Home sweet home.  Unless ...

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Just in time for a late goldfish snack.

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And, now to finish dinner in peace.

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A pinker red lobster.

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These guys arrived in the same plastic bag but still want to fight.

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Not a friendly back rub.

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Two points for a take down.  Temporary winner.

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But the loser still wants to fight.

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Flower pots make safe getaway for red lobsterss.

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And a good place to enjoy an appetizing repaste.

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Lots of variation in color.

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Recently shed carapace of a scarlet red lobster.

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Former owner.

Last Words.  As common as these mud bugs are in North America, it's surprising how much they sell for in Iowa.  LA

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